St. Patrick's Day chocolate donuts

Claire Gallam

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Skip the food dye-laden treats normally found on St. Patrick's Day menus and make these rich chocolate donuts instead. These festive donuts are free from food dye and are baked, not fried!

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Because these super moist and fluffy donuts are baked, they are lower in fat and calories than traditional cake donuts. Let your kids join the fun of making these by adding the festive green sprinkles on top!

St. Patrick's Day chocolate donuts

Yields 6 donuts

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the glaze: 

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Green sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg, butter, light cream, sugar and vanilla together until creamy. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Mix until fully combined (do not over mix).
  4. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 the way full.
  5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for about a minute in the pan and then move to a wire cooling rack.
  6. To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar and milk together. Once donuts have completely cooled, drizzle with the glaze. Or you can dip each donut into the glaze for a more even finish. Sprinkle with green sprinkles and enjoy!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.